No Evidence of Wrongdoing Presented by Prosecution in Third Day of Tom DeLay Trial
All Just Politics, says Defense
For Immediate Release: November 3, 2010
Contact: Melissa Hopkins
Austin, TX -- The trial against former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay (R-TX) began in Austin on Monday, with opening arguments and a lineup of witnesses from the prosecution. Leader DeLay has been charged with money laundering and conspiracy to launder money but the defense, led by well-known lawyer Dick DeGuerin, says this trial so far is nothing but a political smear show, as the prosecution has yet to provide any evidence of wrongdoing.
The prosecution gets to present their case first, with their own list of witnesses, followed by the defense, with their own witnesses. As of Wednesday, the prosecution was still presenting their case with witnesses from Washington, DC, Dallas and by Mr. DeLay's daughter, Dani Delay-Garcia, who was an event planner for his national Leadership PAC, Americans for a Republican Majority (ARMPAC). One eyewitness said Ms. DeLay-Garcia was a very credible witness. Under Testimony Ms. DeLay-Garcia said, "ARMPAC was Tom DeLay's Leadership PAC, TRMPAC was not his".
"So far, the prosecution is presenting a whole lot of documents, but nothing that shows any wrongdoing," said DeLay's lawyer Dick Deguerin.
Tom DeLay's Spokesperson, Melissa Hopkins said, "the evidence will show there was no crime committed. The prosecution's theory is simply not based on the facts. This is becoming a political trial, not a criminal trial."
Judge Pat Priest said he expected that the trial would last three weeks.
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